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David W. Johnson

philosophy department

David Johnson

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Emory University

Stokes N349

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3709
Fax: 617-552-3874


Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

Professor Johnson joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. Prior to coming to BC he was a visiting research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan. From 2010 to 2011 he was a visiting researcher in the philosophy department at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Fields of Interest

  • Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, especially the Kyoto School
  • Hermeneutics and Phenomenology, especially Gadamer and Merleau-Ponty
  • Comparative Philosophy

Current Teaching

  • Asian Philosophy
  • Philosophical Hermeneutics
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • Perspectives on Western Culture

Recent Publications

  • “A Unity Composed of Difference: Non-Duality and Selfhood in Watsuji Tetsurō,” forthcoming in The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, ed. Michiko Yusa (London: Bloomsbury Academic)
  • “The Experience of Truth: Gadamer on the Belonging Together of Self, World, and Language,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015
  • “Perception, Expression, and the Continuity of Being: Some Intersections Between Nishida and Gadamer,” Asian Philosophy, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2014, 48-66
  • “Merleau-Ponty and the Other World of Painting: A Response,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2009, 89-97


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